Sharon Hewitt pokes at other candidates as she touts her credentials to be governor

Sharon Hewitt pokes at other candidates as she touts her credentials to be governor
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Campaign forums in the governor’s race have been tame affairs so far.

That’s in part because Attorney General Jeff Landry, the frontrunner, has been ducking events where he has to appear with other candidates. It’s also because most candidates apparently believe that, three months before the Oct. 14 primary, it’s too early to begin attacking their rivals at forums.

State Sen. Sharon Hewitt, who has yet to crack 10% in recent polls, is the exception.

Hewitt, a Republican from Slidell, was the only candidate to poke at any of the others at the Black Church Gubernatorial Forum on July 8 at Southern University. She took a shot at Stephen Waguespack, who served as executive counsel and chief of staff to then-Gov. Bobby Jindal.

When each of the candidates were asked whether they would support historically Black colleges and universities, Hewitt said yes and added, “I would not consolidate SUNO and UNO, as was proposed in the Jindal-Waguespack administration. That was a disaster.”

She was referring to a proposal by Jindal to merge the two financially-strapped universities in New Orleans. State lawmakers refused to support the plan.

At the Louisiana Sheriffs Association forum on Tuesday, Hewitt used her closing statement to swipe at her opponents while highlighting her work as an offshore manager for Shell Oil, her volunteer work heading the PTA at her sons’ school and her eight years in the state Senate.

“I’m a doer and an action-oriented person,” she said. “I would ask you to hold all the candidates to that same kind of standard. For those who have been the leading crime fighter in the state, is crime better now than when you took office? What have you done to make crime better?” This was aimed at Landry.

“For those who are former legislators,” she added, “what have you done in your legislative time to make our state better?” This was aimed at Treasurer John Schroder, who spent nearly 10 years representing Covington in the state House.

“For the road builder,” she said, “are our roads better than before?” This was aimed at Shawn Wilson, who headed the Department of Transportation for seven years under Gov. John Bel Edwards.

“If you worked in a previous administration,” she said, “what did you accomplish that we should build on?” This was aimed at Waguespack.

“If you ask those questions, you will conclude, and of course I’m a little biased here, that my resume stacks up better than anybody’s,” Hewitt said.

None of the candidates heard her comments at the sheriffs’ forum because each appeared separately.

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